Record heat and extreme drought have cancelled most of the Fireworks displays in our area. I haven't even heard a pop or crackle from the neighbors--who are no doubt worried about what a stray spark could do to their yard or house. The local news featured a demonstration by the fire dept. of just how quickly the grass could be set ablaze by a sparkler. There will still be fireworks in St. Louis if we care to make the drive--one advantage of raving a wide river. They shoot the fireworks off of several barges stationed in the middle.
Maybe we'll do something really old fashioned like crank some ice cream.